A few weekends ago, I headed to Birmingham to meet some fellow bloggers. The weather was lovely and we all had a fantastic time. Planning what to wear to blogger events is something I always find both fun and stressful in equal measures. Bloggers are people who have perfect makeup and gorgeous outfits. They’re the cool kid that I never was, at least that’s how my mind perceives bloggers as a group to be. I know this is silly, because I’m a blogger and don’t fit into the ‘cool kid’ category, but we all have insecurities. I thought I’d share with you the grey and black outfit I wore to meet everyone, as I was rather pleased with it in the end.
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I was recently inspired by El’s Chic Grey & Black Chic Grey & Black outfit post. While I din’t set out to create a grey and black outfit, I know this post was in the back of my mind.
My grey skirt is from Boohoo. I bought it in 2013 for when I had my knee operation. I knew my knee would be bandaged for a little while and that wearing trousers over the top of this would be difficult, if not impossible. My grey skirt really came in handy during my recovery and I’ve continued to wear it.
Really liking the grey and black outfit combination from El’s post, I chose to wear a black New Look t-shirt with shoulder cut outs and a v neck. This t-shirt is a loose fit, which I find to be more flattering with the skirt being more fitted. To compliment the neckline, I chose my Bird On A Branch necklace* from Jewellery Box, which costs £15. I won this in a competition at the #WestMidlandsBloggerMeet and love it! It’s gives me all the spring feels. Unfortunately, I forgot to put the necklace on when taking my outfit photos. Sorry!
As well as my usual rings (my wedding and engagement ring, along with my Pandora Delicate Bow ring, I also wore my iWatch. This has rose gold edging on around the face and a lilac strap. I’d like to get a black strap, as I think this would look lovely! While I didn’t have my Fashion Targets Breast Cancer Rose Gold Bracelet* (£2) when I went to Birmingham, I thought that it made a lovely addition to my grey and black outfit, complimenting my watch beautifully. The Fashion Targets Breast Cancer bracelets come in four different colours and can be purchased from River Island stores.
So that I didn’t get cold, I added my River Island faux leather jacket. A denim jacket or black cardigan would work just as well with this outfit.
The bag I chose is a firm favourite of mine. My Nica black cross body bag. Nica is a brand that I’ve loved for quite a while. There’s something about them that is recognisable. Their designs are eye catching, practical and well made. All of my Nica bags have come from TKMaxx, for between £20-£30, a similar price range to high street brand bags.
As I’d never been to the bar we were heading to, I decided it would be safer not to wear heels. I can’t get out of my wheelchair if I wear heels. I opt for flats, I have the ability to stand up. This is really helpful when travelling by train, as it means I can stand up and move my wheelchair off the train if no one comes to help me. While this isn’t really safe for me to do, it’s impossible if I’m wearing heels. It also meant that if there were steps into or around the bar, I would still have access. All be it by relying on someone else to move my chair up and down the stairs for me.
The flat shoes I picked were these New Look wide triple strap sandals. I have to admit that I bought these just after my knee operation purely for comfort. I needed something flat, but with some cushioning, that are secured to my feet (not slip on or sling back). Initially, the style didn’t do much for me. I felt that they looked ok and were practical. But I have to say, they’ve really grown on me! Because my feet don’t react the footplate of my wheelchair to sit flat, wearing slip-on footwear can often look silly. The shoes often end up on the footplate with just the balls of my feet inside. But as these sandals do up round my ankle, they’re securely on my feet so I don’t fall out of them an look silly.
I spent quite a while debating my makeup for this outfit. I wanted to wear a bright lipstick. In the end, I opted for red over pink and chose Revlon’s Fire and Ice. This is my go-to red lipstick for summer because of it’s orange undertones. For my nails, I chose Essie’s Mint Candy Apple, a soft mint shade. This went on my finger nails, while Naughty Nautical, a teal with small silver glitter particles, was on my toes. I really like having a bold shade on my toes with a softer, more muted version on my fingers. I debated this type of combination using two orange shades, but the mint/teal combination spoke to me.
Do you have a grey and black outfit you love to wear?
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